The track billed “Too Tough to Tame,” has proven not too tough for Kahne, as the NASCAR veteran claimed his second series victory at the South Carolina facility. The 30-year-old led 95 laps in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway, including the final 52.
The win makes the Washington native the first truck series competitor to win three of his first four attempts and gives the No. 18 Toyota, Kyle Busch Motorsports entry, its second win this season. In his sophomore year of competition as an owner, Busch has amassed 10 truck series victories and will split the driving duties with Kahne and NASCAR K& N Pro Series standout, Brian Ickler, in 2011.
2005 Kansas Speedway winner, Todd Bodine, made things interesting during the final restart of the race. With just three laps remaining, both Kahne and Bodine drove hard into turn one when Bodine appeared to get loose allowing the four-time series champ Ron Hornaday Jr. to pass by. Hornaday, who is also a former Kansas Speedway winner, would drive on to the runner-up position with Bodine finishing third. Commenting on the restart, Bodine stated, “I don’t know how I didn’t wreck, (I) got lucky. We didn’t want third, second would have been better, but we’re back.”
Series point leader Matt Crafton finished in the fourth position and maintains a slim point lead over Rookie-of-the-Year contender, Cole Whitt. Rounding out the top five in the standings are Timothy Peters, Clay Rogers and Johnny Sauter, all of whom are within 9 points of Crafton.
The truck series will take the next two weekends off before returning to action at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, April 2nd.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will bring their traveling tour to the Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 4th, to take part in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Fans can also catch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in action at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, June 5th.
Tickets for all Kansas Speedway events are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE (7223).
As always, parking is free and guests may bring a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands filled with their favorite food and beverages.